Monday, 18 September 2017

Dunkirk (1958)



Given that Dunkirk played to audiences in 1958 it’s undeniable that many of the real men who had found themselves tiptoeing through Nazi infested France with dwindling resources and diminishing hopes of survival, holding their breath at what lay behind every field and hedgerow or what lurked in the skies above their heads,  will have taken their seats at the local cinema, whilst the men and women who had at least known someone (and potentially even lost someone; 3,500 British soldiers were killed during the operation) who had endured such an experience, will no doubt have sat beside them. It’s hard for us modern viewers to contemplate what emotions and memories the film stirred within them, but it’s irrefutable that this film had much more punch and impact for an audience than Christopher Nolan’s recent retelling had, by sheer virtue of being made eighteen years after the event and just thirteen years after ceasefire.

Read my full review at The Geek Show

2 comments:

  1. Saw this a few weeks ago, and for my money, it's a better movie than Nolan's.

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    1. I haven't seen Nolan's but I'm not surprised. I said as soon as he revealed he was making a film about Dunkirk that he'd have to go some way to beat this

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